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Assault on child: Arrest made in Sen Sok rape case

Assault on child
A 27-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl in the bathroom of a kindergarten in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Saturday.

Deputy Sen Sok district police chief Cheav Vibol said the suspect was arrested after the victim’s mother filed a complaint.

“I will send the suspect to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday for charges,” he said.

He said the suspect confessed to police that he saw the girl standing alone while she was waiting for her mother outside the kindergarten, before luring her to the lavatory on his bicycle and raping her.

“The suspect and the victim are neighbours and the suspect used to take the girl to school many times,” he said. “That’s why the girl agreed to ride the bicycle.’’

Am Sam Ath, a senior monitor for the rights group Licadho, said that 200 cases of rape had been reported in Cambodia in the first nine months of the year. Of those, he said 176 cases involved victims under the age of 18, and that 18 of those cases were settled out of court.

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